BALTIMORE, Md. (AP) -- The Raiders went beyond mere defeat Sunday with a loss of historical proportions.
TheBaltimore Ravens hung a 55-20 loss on the Raiders at M&T BankStadium, equaling the most points ever surrendered by the franchisewhile at the same time setting a single-game scoring record for the hometeam before 71,339 fans.
Considering the Ravens' last points cameon a 105-yard kickoff return by Jacoby Jones with 12:34 left, it couldhave been worse had Baltimore not taken its foot off the gas andeventually replaced starting quarterback Joe Flacco with backup TyrodTaylor.
As it is, coupled with last week's 42-32 loss to TampaBay, the 97 points scored against the Raiders in back-to-back games aresecond only to the 99 points they gave up in the first two games of the1961 season in the pre-Al Davis era.
It's the first real crisisfor coach Dennis Allen, with the Raiders 3-6 and faced with a suddenlyresurgent New Orleans team coming to town in Week 11.
"We had toomany mental errors on defense, gave up too many big plays, turned theball over too many times and didn't execute on special teams," Allensaid. "When you do those things, it generally results in something likethat."
In contrast to last week's 251-yard rushing assault by theBuccaneers' Doug Martin, the Raiders shored up that part of their gameonly to have Flacco cut them to pieces.
"Their safeties really got off those hashesand were going wide and watching Torrey and Anquan (Boldin) underneath,"Flacco said. "It left the middle of the field open a little bit."
RayRice, limited to 35 yards on 13 carries, scored on a 7-yard run, andthe Ravens piled on a late indignity when holder Sam Koch pushed thescore to 48-17 with 5:20 left in the third quarter with a 7-yard run offa fake field goal attempt.
The Ravens, 7-2 and winners of 15straight at home, added field goals of 48 and 34 yards from JustinTucker and tied the San Diego Chargers (55-21 in 1981) as the team toscore the most points on the Raiders in a regular-season game.
TheRaiders actually outgained Baltimore 422 to 419, as Carson Palmer was29 for 45 for 368 yards and TD passes of 55 yards to Darrius Heyward-Beyand 30 yards to Denarius Moore.
Heyward-Bey's score came with1:37 left in the first half -- the ninth straight game the Raiders havescored with less than two minutes left before intermission -- and intheory could have provided some momentum. He bounced off a tackle byRavens safety Ed Reed and ran the final 35 yards to the end zone to makeit 20-10.
The Raiders gave it right back. Flacco completed 5 of 6passes for 73 yards, Rice scored from the 7 with 24 seconds left, andBaltimore had a 27-10 halftime lead.
Baltimore outscored the Raiders 21-7 in the third quarter, a period that Oakland has now given up 109 points and scored just 31.
"Thingscame apart in the third quarter," Palmer said. "They kept scoring, andwe couldn't keep up. With all the penalties and mental errors we had,there's no way we're going to beat a playoff team on their field."
Operatingagainst a defense that is without linebacker Ray Lewis and defensivetackle Haloti Ngata, Palmer threw an interception that was batted intothe air and caught by Paul Kruger and also lost a fumble. Special teamscontributed with a lost fumble by Phillip Adams, setting up a Baltimoretouchdown, and Jones' 105-yard kickoff return.
The Raiders alsohad 10 penalties for 105 yards, including two personal fouls bylinebacker Aaron Curry in his first game after rehabbing sore knees.
"Weobviously have to look at the whole thing," Allen said. "The outcomelike that is unacceptable. We have to do better and we have to look atthat and see what we can do to give ourselves a better chance.